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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Blaze Corcoran

Peter Blaze CorcoranProfessor, Environmental Studies, and Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education
Phone: (239) 590-7166
Office: SH 213


  • Ed.D. 1985. University of Maine
  • M.Ed. 1981. University of Maine
  • A.B. 1972. Antioch College,Yellow Springs, Ohio

Research Interests: Environmental education, education for sustainable development, Earth Charter education, and higher education for sustainability.

Current Projects: Work to advance the research dimensions of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) through active scholarship on the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership – Resource Project and through the UNESCO Reference Group for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Environmental education and education for sustainable development in the South Pacific, emphasis on Fiji. Invited to serve as a Visiting Research Professor at The University of the South Pacific (USP), Suva, Fiji, 2006. Sabbatical at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at USP, 2007.

Earth Charter in Southern Africa, emphasis on education.

Select Publications

  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze, Editor in Chief. The Earth Charter in Action: Toward A Sustainable World.  Royal Tropical Institute Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  2005. Published in Dutch, Spanish, and English. Currently editing second printing in English. Currently being translated into Japanese and Portuguese.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze, Ed. Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability:  Problematics, Promise and Practice, with Arjen Wals.  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2004.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze. “Learning and Living with the Earth Charter” chapter with Michael C. Slaby and Brandon P. Hollingshead. Edited by Arjen E.J. Wals. Social Learning Towards a More Sustainable World: Principles, Perspectives, and Praxis. To be published by United Nations University Press. 2006.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze. “Sustainability as an Outcome of Transformative Learning,” chapter with Arjen E.J. Wals for the Swedish Prime Minister’s book project on education for sustainable development. UNESCO, 2006. In press.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze. “Sustainability as Emergence: A Plea for Transformative Learning in Higher Education” with Arjen E.J. Wals. Earth Ethics, Spring, 2005, Vol. 13, No. 1.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze. “Democratic Education for Environmental Stewardship,” chapter with Margaret Pennock. Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn. Teaching Green - The Elementary Years: Hands-on Learning in Grades K-5, Green Teacher, Toronto, 2005.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze. “The Earth Charter as an Integrative Force for Peace Education and Environmental Education,” a chapter in Educating Toward a Culture of Social and Ecological Peace.  SUNY Press, 2004.
  • Corcoran, Peter Blaze. “Case Studies, Make-Your-Case Studies, and Case Stories:  A Critique of Case Study Methodology in Sustainability in Higher Education.” co-authored with Kim E. Walker and Arjen Wals. Environmental Education Research.  February, 2004.

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